Suez Canal Bridge

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Suez Canal Bridge
Suez Canal Bridge.jpg
Carries vehicular traffic[1]
Crosses Suez Canal
Locale El Qantara, Egypt
Owner
  • General Authority for Roads, Bridges & Transport
  • Ministry of Transport and Communication
[1]
Maintained by General Authority for Roads, Bridges & Transport, Ministry of Transport and Communication
Designer Kajima
Design Cable-stayed bridge semi-fan arrangement, H-pylon, hollow box[1]
Material steel and reinforced concrete[1]
Total length 3.9 km (2.4 mi)[1]
Width 10 m (33 ft)[1]
Height pylons: 154 m (505 ft)[1]
Longest span 404 m (1,325 ft)[1]
Clearance below 70 m (230 ft)[1]
Constructed by Consortium consisting of: [2]
Construction begin 1995
Opened October 2001
Coordinates 30°49′42″N 32°19′03″E / 30.828248°N 32.317572°E / 30.828248; 32.317572Coordinates: 30°49′42″N 32°19′03″E / 30.828248°N 32.317572°E / 30.828248; 32.317572
Suez Canal Bridge is located in Egypt
Suez Canal Bridge

The Suez Canal Bridge, also known as the Shohada 25 January Bridge, Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, Al Salam Bridge, Al Salam Peace Bridge or Mubarak Peace Bridge, is a road bridge crossing the Suez Canal at El Qantara ("El Qantara" means "The Bridge" in Arabic[clarification needed]). The bridge links the continents of Africa and Eurasia.

Design and construction[edit]

Detail view of one of the main pylons.

The bridge was built with assistance from the Japanese government. The main contractor was Kajima Corporation.[2]

The Japanese grant, accounting for 60% of the construction cost (or 13.5 billion yen), was agreed to during the visit of then-President Mubarak to Japan in March 1995, as part of a larger project to develop the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt bore the remaining 40% (9 billion yen). The bridge opened in October 2001.

The bridge, which has a 70-metre (230 ft) clearance over the canal and is 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) long, consists of a 400-metre (1,300 ft) cable-stayed main span and two 1.8-kilometre (1.1 mi) long approach spans.

The height of the two main pylons supporting the main span is 154 metres (505 ft) each. The towers were designed in the shape of Pharaonic obelisks.

The clearance under the bridge is 70 metres, which defines, therefore, the admissible maximum height of 68 metres[3] above the waterline (Suezmax) of ships that can pass through the Suez Canal.

Significant developments in the region[edit]

The Suez Canal Bridge was part of a major drive to develop the areas surrounding the Suez Canal, including other projects such as the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel under the Suez Canal (completed in 1981), the El Ferdan Railway Bridge, and the Suez Canal overhead powerline crossing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Suez Canal Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ a b "Kajima's Spectacular Suez Canal Bridge Project". Kajima. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Art. 52 Rules of Navigation in http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/

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